1959 Singer/songwriter Pete Burns (of Dead Or Alive) is born in Port Sunlight, Bebington, Chesire, England.
1957 American Bandstand goes national when it airs for the first time on ABC. The show will run for five years on the Philadelphia TV station WFIL as Bandstand. Hosted by Dick Clark throughout its national run, the show remains on network TV until 1987. The first song the kids dance to this day is "That'll Be The Day" by Buddy Holly.
1953 Singer Samantha Sang is born Cheryl Lau Sang in Melbourne, Australia.
1947 Greg Leskiw (guitarist for The Guess Who) is born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
1943 Country music singer/songwriter Sammi Smith is born Jewel Faye Smith in Orange County, California.
1942 Rick Huxley (bassist for The Dave Clark Five) is born in Dartford, Kent, England.
1941 Jazz drummer/percussionist Airto Moreira (of Weather Report) is born in Itaiopolis, Brazil.
1940 Singer/actress Damita Jo is born in Austin, Texas. Had a minor hit with a cover of "If You Go Away."
1926 Jazz singer/pianist Jeri Southern is born Genevieve Hering in Royal, Nebraska. Known for the 1957 hit "Fire Down Below."
2016 There are spectacular fireworks, awe-inspiring acrobats, and sensational dancers at the opening ceremony of the Summer Olympics in Rio, but supermodel Gisele Bundchen gets the biggest reaction when she takes a long walk across the stage to "The Girl From Ipanema," performed by the composer's grandson, Daniel Jobim.
1976 At a show in Birmingham, England, an inebriated Eric Clapton speaks out in favor of the right-wing National Front, repeating their slogan, "Keep Britain white," and adding, "I used to be into dope, now I'm into racism." Clarifying his statements years later, Clapton says, "I made some fairly racial comments, but they weren't directed at any particular minority. It was a feeling of loss of identity and losing my Englishness."
1975 Stevie Wonder signs the largest contract for a single artist in history: $13 million over seven years for seven albums with Tamla/Motown.
1962 Marilyn Monroe dies of a barbiturate overdose at age 36 in Brentwood, Los Angeles, California. Musically, she's known for an iconic performance of "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend."
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